Child’s play at the Wangaratta Toy Library

FUN LIBRARY FULL OF TOYS: Members of Wangaratta Community Toy Library including (from left) Debbie Robinson with daughter Brianna, Bree Broomfield with daughter Isla, and Rebecca Feldtmann with son Mitchell, are keen to see more parents, grandparents and families get involved in the community group. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

KIDS are learning to play, share and learn every day, with the help of friends and committee members involved in the Wangaratta Community Toy Library.

The non-profit organisation run from the Yarrunga Maternal Child Health Centre in Burke Street, is bursting at the seams with its huge selection of toys – including everything from puzzles and games, to big toy cars and outdoor play equipment – which they lend to families for two weeks at a time.

“It’s great that you can borrow a big driving toy like the police car we have here, because then we don’t have to have them at home, and they aren’t cheap to buy,” said mum Bree Broomfield.

“The other thing is if the children get sick of playing with a toy they can just take it back and we can choose something else,” added fellow mum Debbie Robinson.

The toy library has party packs, a jumping castle and an inflatable slide which can be borrowed for use at parties, but also provides educational and interactive toys for children from birth to age six, who quickly outgrow their puzzles and play equipment.

“Kids want to achieve success and it’s great they spend time learning how to solve a puzzle, but once they have done it they don’t want to play with it anymore,” said toy library president, Rebecca Feldtmann.

“The really good thing is you can keep changing them all the time, and if it’s something you’re thinking about buying, you can try before you buy.”

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